Alone Time | Making Time and Reconnecting with Yourself
Taking time for myself is one of my most cherished forms of self-care.
The value of alone time was top of mind for me in February, when we're typically on the receiving end of a large number of messages from brands and companies about love and companionship. And while I would never dismiss the value of love practiced between lovers or friends, I think it's worth reminding ourselves that the self-love story is one worth exploring and investing time and energy in. I try to carve out time for myself once a week to do something that I love, something that grounds me, and I feel pretty lucky to have a partner who understands the value of this practice.
Keep reading for a few of my favorite things to do when I need a little bit of alone time.
I've found that one of the best ways to ground myself when my mind is running away from me is by spending time outdoors. A walk around my neighborhood is always lovely, but a hike among the redwoods or a walk along the beach is even better. It's incredibly humbling to be immersed in the magic and wonder of nature.
There is something really nice about enjoying a meal alone, especially when you're accustomed to sharing most of your meals with your partner, family, or friends. Every once in a while I like to take myself out for a glass of wine or cup of coffee and bite to eat, especially on a sunny day when I can sit outside and indulge in a bit of people watching.
A slow afternoon at the museum with my "Museum Music" playlist. The music guides me and I let my mind wander as I take in each exhibit. I had a very special experience at Musee l'Orangerie in Paris with Claude Monet's Water Lilies while listening to this playlist. I'll never forget it.
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We're very lucky to live within walking distance of Golden Gate Park and I spend time in the park at least two to three times a week. In the spring and summer, I'll spend many afternoons among the flowers in front of the Conservatory of Flowers with a throw blanket and a book.
A bike ride through the city. This might be my favorite thing to do when I'm craving a solo adventure. My husband bought me a beautiful green bike from Tokyo Bike Club a few years ago and it quite literally changed my life. A childlike joy courses through me when I'm riding my bike around SF, listening to a playlist curated specifically for the ride. It's one of my favorite ways to see the city. Pure bliss.
These are just a few of the ways that I like to spend my sacred "alone time." Most often, my self-love practice guides me outside, but there are days when all I want to do is start slow with a cup of coffee and my book in bed. There's no right or wrong way to practice self-love, but as the season of renewal and growth approaches, I encourage you to begin your practice.
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